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E-scooters in the test: Xiaomi Mi M365, Ninebot ES2 and Moovi

Xiaomi Mi M365, Ninebot ES2 and Moovi
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W If you want to experience human cold in its purest form first hand, you simply push yourself into a crowded commuter train on a bike. If looks could kill - you would be flat before you can say “carbon footprint”. In Germany, however, a new form of mobility is on the threshold of being suitable for the masses: the electric scooter. This allows the scenario just described to be defused in a generally acceptable manner. Before half of the Federal Republic of Germany stepped on the step, we tested three models for you in the price range between 400 and 600 euros.

  • Suitability for everyday use
  • Driving behavior
  • Range
  • Security
  • Legal position
  • Measured values ​​
  • Scoring
  • Technical data
  • Conclusion

Tyson Jopson
Our three test candidates (from left to right) : Segway Ninebot ES2, Moovi E-Scooter and Xiaomi Mi M365.

We could be on the verge of a new sport in everyday urban lifeto establish: Climbing stairs with a scooter. A bit annoying, but good for the leg muscles. The Moovi benefits from its low weight of only around ten kilos, if you are not after Claudia Pechstein's thighs. The Ninebot ES2 is our heaviest chunk at 12.5 kilos, followed by the Xiaomi at 12.2 kilos. In all cases, the weight class is still reasonable and does not overwhelm anyone who has already spent a few kilometers in an upright gait. However, the Ninebot is easier to carry than the Xiaomi because its battery is in the handlebar. It looks different when folded, however, as the battery in the footboard helps to improve balance.

While we are currently folding it: We succeeded in doing this with the Xiaomi (5.85 seconds), but the Moovi is the fastest in its most compact form a bit more manageable after 7.1 seconds because the handles can also be angled. You fold the ES2 two tenths faster. If you want to transport your e-scooter in the trunk of your car, the Moovi is best thanks to its manageable dimensions (96 cm X 16 cm X 30 cm).

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The Xiaomi is the quickest to fold, the Moovi but the most compact.

Ergonomics and gimmicks

What can be dangerous when driving is the open lines on the handlebar of the Xiaomi. Here you can quickly get stuck and land on your nose. Exposed cables can also be seen on the Moovi, but the loops are not that big. Only the Ninebot hides everything inside the housing.

The Xiaomi scooter is, to put it diplomatically, the most efficient. In other words: There are no gimmicks, this is just about driving. Whereby: An app can be installed on the smartphone with which, for example, an immobilizer can be activated. If the scooter is then moved, it blocks and a warning appears on the smartphone. The Segway works according to the same model, with Moovi you prefer to play it safe. At aThe scooter can be easily secured with a bicycle lock at the bottom of the handlebar.

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The Moovi can be chained to its red loop with a bicycle lock.

The playful child among the opponents is clearly the Ninebot - above all because of its continuously adjustable underbody lighting via app. It can even flash red and blue, like the siren of a US patrol car. The display on the scooter shows the charge status and speed. In addition, the power can be regulated in three stages. Depending on whether you switch to Eco, Standard or Sport, you go at full speed or at a reduced speed. All three have different speed levels, but the Xiaomi does not have a display and only shows the charge level of the battery via four LED dots. The Moovi has an on-board computer that is reminiscent of a bicycle speedometer. Here the driver reads the mileage, battery level and speed.

In total, Moovi can score the most counters with 9.6 out of 15 points. The Ninebot ES2 ranks behind with 9.4 points. The reduced Xiaomi lands in last place with 6.5 points.

Welds and rattling

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The construction is trustworthy, but stable the welds on the Xiaomi are not really pretty.

There are clear differences in processing, although it is not the case that one of the scooters threatens to fall apart. The lightweight scooter Moovi could most likely provoke this impression, which is why it only scores 4.5 out of 10 points in this rating. When driving, it rattles audibly, which is also due to the fact that the height of the handlebar can be adjusted, like on a fitness machine - three holes for different levels, which are then fixed with metal rivets. This system allows more play between the components than with the other models.

The Xiaomi looks more stable and receives 6.5 points for it. The construction makes a stable and durable impression, but the welds between the handlebar and the running board are not really nice. In addition, as mentioned, the lines protrude far from the construction, which makes the scooter look a bit fragmented. That's why the Ninebot can also win this rating with 7.5 points, because the workmanship is great and the e-scooter looks like it is made from one piece. The satined surface of the metal feels good, only the rubber coating of the footboard will probably not be made to last.

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The Moovi accelerates to almost 20 km /h in 7.6 seconds. Only the Ninebot is faster with 7.4 seconds.

Thatare the best prerequisites in the next test category, the handling course, also to do well. Here you have to complete an approximately 100-meter-long course consisting of slalom and fast cornering. The distance between the pylons is four meters. The Ninebot ES2 starts as a favorite and subjectively fulfills this role. Playful handling and good roadholding promote confidence in traction and the pylons can be turned around quickly. When braking on the long curve, it remains easy to control and, thanks to the larger wheels, also allows a greater incline. The ES 2 has good elasticity values ​​when accelerating out, and at the end the stopwatch shows 19.928 s.

Moovi wastes potential

The light Moovi is the second scooter on the handling course and should make it through its weight and the good acceleration values ​​are also brisk. But shortly after the start he teaches him better. The small hard rubber wheels in combination with the handlebar, which can be folded up to save space, but also allows a lot of play due to its moving parts while driving, make for an unsafe driving experience. Especially since the whole trip is accompanied by a rattling noise level. So you don't use the full potential that would be given by the good throttle response. In the long right-hand bend of the test track, the Moovi is less likely to lean and you lose more time. The small scooter crosses the finish line in 21.97 seconds and is around two seconds behind the Segway Ninebot.

The third candidate is the Xiaomi. It looks similar to the Segway, but its battery sits in the running board and not in the handlebars. This ensures a lower center of gravity and good handling. His driving behavior is playful from the start and the slalom is easy. In the long curve it allows a little more lean angle than the Ninebot and can therefore be moved at a higher speed. The Xiaomi wins the test on the handling course with 19.492 seconds. In addition to good drivability, the top speed is also responsible for this. The scooter achieved 24 km /h in the measurement. The Segway 22 and the Moovi 21.5 km /h.

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Bigger wheels help with cornering stability. You have less confidence in the small roles of Moovi.

Xiaomi is the king of bad roads

The subjective impressions we collected on extensive test drives on a wide variety of surfaces. While well-paved roads do not cause any of the three candidates problems, there are noticeable differences on bumpy terrain. The hardness test on cobblestones turns into a torture with the Moovi because of its small wheels. Shaken so that you can hardly see where it is going, you should get off and push on this surface. In general, the Moovi requires the greatest attention, as even small potholes can throw it out of step and, in the worst case, bring it to an abrupt stop. Lowered curbs can also be fatal. The other two scooters with the larger wheels master the cobblestone test properly, but the bumpy ride is not fun there either. Both climbed lowered curbs with reasonable ease. Overall, however, the Xiaomi is the most comfortable on bad roads.

If the battery should run out or if you have to help pedaling uphill, the lightweight Moovi can collect points again. Its similarity to classic scooters benefits it here and you can make good progress. Overall, however, the Segway is what we like best here, as it can be controlled very well in pedal mode. There is a point deduction for the front-wheel drive when driving uphill with pedal assistance, as the load on the front wheel is automatically relieved and the traction of the scooter is interrupted.

If you summarize all test criteria, the Ninebot wins the chapter driving characteristics with 24.3 out of 35 possible points. Second place goes to the Xiaomi with 23.5 and a little behind the Moovi lands in third place with 17.1 points.

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The ranges of the three e-scooters are clearly apart.

Xiaomi M365 comes the furthest

Already after the fourth round and almost three quarters of an hour, the Moovi ran out of breath. In comparison, the most expensive scooter only had a range of eleven kilometers and thus only half as far as the manufacturer promises. The Ninebot ES2 lasted about an hour and made it 15.9 kilometers about five kilometers. The ES2 remains around ten kilometers and a third behind the manufacturer's specification of 25 kilometers - after all: a second battery for the ES2 can be ordered for 199 euros, which, according to the manufacturer, should give it a range of 45 kilometers. Another test may have to show whether this is really true.

Contrary to expectations, the Chinese Xiaomi M365 advertises realistic values ​​and, with a proud 27.3 kilometers in the test, comes very close to the promised 30 kilometers, so ours Test driver had to drive in circles for almost 1.5 hours until the battery was empty. The reason for the big differences between the e-scooters is not only the different powerful motors, but above all the battery capacities. For example, a lithium-ion battery from the battery manufacturer LG, which has a capacity of 280 Wh, is installed in the running board of Xiaomi's range king (250 watt motor). In the steering column of the ES2 (300 watt motor), on the other hand, there is only one battery with 187 Wh and the power storage in the footboard of the Moovi (150 watt motor) only has a capacity of around 150 Wh.

Tyson Jopson All test values ​​are clearly documented for later assessment.

Anyone who speculates on it, by the way, simply get one Taking a replacement battery with you and replacing it on the go will be disappointed - all batteries are built into the e-scooters and can only be charged directly on the device. Which brings us to the second part of the battery chapter: charging.

E-scooter charging times in the test

All three e-scooters are delivered with compact power packs. Since the German compulsory norms have apparently not yet arrived, they rely on different power supplies, some with different outputs and plugs. For example, the Moovi charger delivers 84 watts, the power packs of the Segway Ninebot and Xiaomi M365 only 71 watts. Against this background, the different charging times are not surprising.

Despite the small battery and a comparatively powerful power supply, the Moovi needs 3:45 hours to charge the battery from zero to 100 percent and has a charging capacity of around 220 watts . This meant that the charging process took five times as long as the actual journey. The Ninebot was plugged into the socket for 4:30 hours and consumed 260 watts for a full charge during this time. This means that the Segway subsidiary's front-wheel drive unit charges significantly more efficiently than the Moovi, despite the weaker power pack. Similarly efficient and therefore much longer, it took the Xiaomi M365 until all four LEDs on the battery indicator were lit again. Due to the weak power supply, it had to charge for 7:05 hours and consumed 400 watts. At this point at the latest, the long range takes its revenge and the China scooter has to put up with the same accusations as electric cars that do without a quick charging system.

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Goes the furthest, but loads by far the longest : the Xiaomi.

With all three scooters, however, the actual charging process is similar. The analysis of the charging curves showed that all three power packs drew between 0.6 and 0.7 amps from the measuring socket at the beginning and only used 0.1 to 0.2 amps in the last third of the time. With the Xiaomi it was even the lastthree hours, which took the charging process so long.

Below expectations

It's a shame that the battery of none of the scooters can be replaced. On the one hand, this would have the charm that the whole scooter would not be ready for scrap with old-age battery cells; on the other hand, you wouldn't have to take the dirty scooter with you into the apartment to charge and could conveniently just carry the battery into the attic apartment. The performance of the scooters was still remarkable - albeit not always positive.

The Xiaomi M365 wins the battery and range chapter with 8 out of 15 points, with only the topic of charging time preventing a better value . If the Chinese had given him a stronger charger, more would have been possible. The Ninebot ES2 lands one point behind and with 6.3 points, the Moovi is in last place due to its short range of almost 11 kilometers and a long charging time of 3:45 hours. We expected more from the most expensive scooter in the field.

Tyson Jopson
It's only 10 kilometers away Moovi made it. We would have expected more.

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A second click on the power button activates the Lights of the Segway Ninebot ES2.

Moovi lighting concept does not work

The Moovi comes with a far less effective lighting concept . First of all, it's not that intuitive to use. How do the lights go on There are three small buttons next to the display; if you hold the top one down for a long time, you can switch on the front and rear lights. Instead of a light symbol, there is only an arrow on the button. We don't know what that has to do with the lighting. But it could be related to the fact that the lights on the Moovi are more of an underbody and wheel lighting than headlights and taillights. The LEDs are located under the running board.

The white LEDs illuminate the area around the front wheel, the two small cones of light only extend for about 60 centimeters to the front, whereby the area directly in front of the front tire remains dark. Darkness gapes between the two cones of light to the front. As if that weren't bad enough, the left light is also blocked by the folded side stand, which further narrows the light cone. At the rear, the area around the wheel is also mainly well illuminated. Front and rear, the LEDs hardly manage to make the driver with his e-scooter clearly visible to other road users. And the light sources are not sufficient for a good view of the road ahead.

Brake test from 20 km /h

For the chapter on safety, the braking distance is essential, but braking behavior is also allowed not be neglected in the case of e-scooters - because what use is the shortest braking distance if the vehicle throws the driver off because the rear wheel rises into the air, so the braking process causes a 'stoppie'. However, since the candidates' braking power on the front wheel is very limited, such maneuvers were not to be feared.

Tyson Jopson
A fall also hurts at 20 km /h. That's why the motto for emergency braking is: Safety First!

With a braking distance of 3.89 meters, the Xiaomi M365 not only wins the brake test from 20 km /h, but is also the only one of the three candidates who fulfills the requirements from the last draft for the Small Electric Vehicle Ordinance: 3.5 m /s² are prescribed, which means a braking distance of 4.4 at a speed of 20 km /h Meter corresponds. The Ninebot by Segway ES2 has a braking distance of 4.84 meters, and the Moovi even 5.64 meters. We allowed every e-scooter to brake at least ten times from 20 km /h. The same three testers (50 kilos, 80 kilos and 100 kilos) always braked. Condition: A full carrot is braked, but the brakes must be stopped. That means if the maneuver resulted in a particularly short braking distance, but the test driver was no longer on the scooter in the end, then the attempt did not count.

Different braking concepts

The Xiaomi and the Ninebot brake at the front via the engine via recuperation, the Moovi has to get along without a brake at the front, but recuperates via the engine in the rear wheel. To do this, the motor's polarity is reversed and, like a generator, it feeds energy back into the battery. Apart from how useful a recuperation function may be in a small electric vehicle, in all three cases it is not particularly useful as a brake. On the Segway Ninebot ES2 and the Moovi, the engine brake is activated with the thumb lever, the driver has to pull the rest out with the mudguard brake, i.e. press the mudguard onto the solid rubber tire with his foot. If the battery runs empty on the way, the mudguard is the only brake that remains, because without engine electronics there is no engine brake.

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Disc brake on the rear wheel - a plus point for the Xiaomi.

The Xiaomi M365, on the other hand, scores with its disc brake on the rear wheel, which is easy to operate with a classic hand lever - just like on a bicycle. Only installing the effective disc brake at the rear is not ideal, because the rear wheel is relieved during the braking process itself and thus locks faster. The compromise that the Chinese manufacturer is making here is okay. Because the risk of causing a stoppie with a snappy disc brake on the front wheel does not exist with the Xiaomi - and it still complies with the limit value. There is also an ABS function to prevent blocking at the rear.

Conclusion: Let's not kid ourselves, even 3.89 meters of braking distance from 20 km /h is a lot. Too much when in doubt. For comparison, we had a touring e-bike braked fully from 20 km /h - that came to 2.28 meters. Sure, the chassis geometry of a bicycle, and thus also the braking behavior, is completely different - as an e-scooter driver it certainly doesn't hurt to be aware of that. If you think you can stop in time with Xiaomi, Ninebot or Moovi in ​​a dangerous situation - we advise: jumping off is possibly safer if in doubt. In terms of lighting, the Xiaomi M365 and Ninebot ES2 are well positioned in the dark, but the Moovi could not convince us. After all: The revised version of the Moovi comes with a drum brake on the front wheel, which certainly improves the braking distance.

Tyson Jopson
What about the approval of the E- Scooter? The versions tested by us should have little chance.

Since the type approval process via the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) is relatively complex and the manufacturer costs a noticeable sum, we assume that there will be no recalls and approval procedures for e-scooters that have already been delivered. Even if an electric scooter that has already been purchased exactly meets the requirements of the new Small Electric Vehicle Ordinance, the manufacturer would have to recall the e-scooter and attach the type plate with the vehicle identification number afterwards. We are currently only aware of one manufacturer who has promised buyers in the past to take back the scooters and adapt them so that they can be approved, which can be paid for in advance with around 180 euros extra. (IO Hawk). After all: Moovi offers an exchange campaign for devices that have already been purchased, which are then replaced by a model that complies with the approval - but not for free, but with a discount of 450 euros. The Moovi then costs 349 instead of 799 euros. Pleasing: The revised version comes with a drum brake on the front wheel.

Approval for tested e-scooters?

The e-scooters we have tested are very likely afterwards received no approval, nevertheless the determined values ​​are comparable with the future legal (almost identical) models. The differences will be minimal. The Xiaomi, for example, will throttle to 20 km /h, Segway and Moovi need better braking performance as well as a bell.

Our advice: Just wait a few more weeks until the The type approval process at the KBA has been completed and you can be sure that your desired model is eligible for approval. Because from June 15th it will be very easy to check who is legally on the move and who is not - sign or not sign, that is the answer.

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Despite the clear distribution of points, our testers still have own winners chosen for themselves.

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